Oroville Police Department VIPS (Volunteers in Police Service)
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The Oroville Police Department VIPS was established in 2000 with two volunteers providing assistance in the records division. It wasn't until 2010, under the command of former Sheriff Perry Reniff acting as Interim Police Chief, that the VIPS grew into a very supportive group of volunteers providing assistance within all the departments at OPD. Volunteers with former experience in crime reporting, traffic control, collecting and securing evidence at crime scenes, field training, drug and gang enforcement, welfare checks, Ident-a-child, stranger danger and bicycle safety presentations joined the department to help give back to the community, supporting the Oroville Police Department any way they could.
We are especially proud of our involvement in community events:
- Hmong Festival
- Feather Fiesta Days
- Salmon Festival
- Old Time Fiddlers Competition
- National Night Out
- Christmas Light Parade
- Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs
Some of these events draw upwards of two thousand people from outside our community.
We help with the “Shoes that Fit” program sponsored by the Oroville Police Department, relying on donations from the community. The VIPS have distributed 113 pairs of shoes and 678 pairs of socks to needy school children in the Oroville area this year.
We also wrap Christmas gifts that children have purchased during “Shop With A Cop” sponsored by OPD and in conjunction with our local Wal-Mart store.
Our bicycle helmet program provides free helmets, including a fitting, to any child or adult and we usually provide this service twice a year during the Salmon Festival and the Hooked On Fishing event.
Thru grant money, OPD was able to purchase two Electric (GEM) cars adding to our patrol fleet which now totals four vehicles. (It's not unusual to see an officer or two popping wheelies in the parking lot.)
Although we are small in numbers, the current active volunteers donate an average of 200 hours per month. The department shows its gratitude, thanking us for our performance and professionalism.
We are always seeking new recruits. If you are interested in volunteering please call (530) 538-2467 for more information. Please “like” us on Facebook (Oroville Police Department VIPS).